1st Day of Advent: Be Vigilant At All Times

Is your heart drowsy? What does that even mean? In today’s Gospel, Jesus warns us against letting that happen. He says, “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy… Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength…” He is concerned about us. He wants us to pay attention to the right things in life - the things that last forever, like faith, hope, love, relationships, and His everlasting Kingdom.

The Second Day of Advent: All We Can Do Is Cast...

“Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world,” ends the first reading. So, everyone knows...

The Third Day of Advent: “The Spirit of the Lord Shall...

These words, written by the prophet Isaiah, point to Jesus who, when baptized by John, was confirmed by the Holy Spirit as the Christ...

The Fourth Day of Advent: The Arrival

The phrase The Arrival has an almost cinematic sound to it. It is a striking phrase; a phrase with weight. Advent means The Arrival,...

The Fifth Day of Advent: Are We Religious Because It Feels...

“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord.’” Every Advent, the Church, out of her great love and wisdom, invites us to consider our last...

The Sixth Day of Advent: And Their Eyes Were Opened

“Son of David, have pity on us!” This was the cry of the two blind men in today’s Gospel. This must be the cry...

The Seventh Day of Advent: A Heart Moved By Others

“At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned.” The heart of Jesus...

The Ninth Day of Advent: The Most Important Thing

In today’s reading, a man is lowered to Jesus by his friends through roof. This man is paralyzed and his friends believe Jesus can...

The Eighth Day of Advent: The Stuff Epics Are Made Of

Today’s readings are full of dramatic reversals. Captives are set free, those who sow in tears reap rejoicing, valleys are filled, mountains made low,...

The Immaculate Conception: Undo The Knots in Our Hearts

Today's Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a celebration for everyone, a celebration of God's perfect intention for every human person. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI...

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